Festival goldmine

The 36th New York Film Festival, presented September 25 through October 11 by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, would have seemed a relatively routine affair were it not for the outre qualities of several entries and the last-minute emergence of some genuinely superior movies. There was no shortage of hot-button issues this year--pedophilia was a notable presence in two of the more high-profile selections, and generous helpings of suicide, misogyny, crossdressing, urban violence, and rape

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